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Thu
26
Nov

Nigeria: Court remands 64-year-old man for trafficking in cannabis

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday ordered the remand of a 64-year-old man, Andrew Nwaochichi, at the Ikoyi Prisons for dealing in cannabis sativa, popularly called Indian hemp. Nwaochichi was arraigned on a charge of drug trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

He pleaded guilty to the charge. Following his plea, the prosecutor, Mr Jeremiah Aernan, prayed the court to issue a remand order against the accused. “In view of the plea of the accused, I pray my lord for an order of remand against the accused,” he said.

Thu
26
Nov

Four jailed after police discover Merseyside's biggest cannabis farm

Four men have been jailed after the discovery of one of the biggest cannabis farms in Merseyside.

The men were sentenced to a total of 13 years and four months after pleading guilty to cultivating cannabis.

• Van Ntuyen, 36, was sentenced to three years, four months

• Le Ban Nam, 50, was sentenced to three years, four months

• Thanh Duc Dong, 50, was sentenced to three years, four months

• Doan Xuan Quynh, 40, was sentenced to three years, four months

Thu
26
Nov

600 marijuana plants grow at home in Riverside neighborhood

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) --

A Riverside neighborhood is upset as a major marijuana home-grown operation with nearly 600 plants sits right near their backyards. The only problem is that the operation is completely legal.

ABC7 talked to several neighbors who expressed their frustrations and concerns with the operation that grows marijuana inside the home and in the backyard.

Laura and Chris live nearby the home and asked ABC7 not to use their last names because of concerns for their safety.

"I was shocked, and I was scared," Laura said. "There were lights glowing inside the tents."

"There are times we cannot use our backyard because of the smell," Chris said.

Wed
25
Nov

Group wants vets with PTSD to have access to medical marijuana

SAN DIEGO – An organization is hoping to convince President Barack Obama to change the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ stance on medical marijuana for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

“As a suicide survivor myself, it’s a subject that touches me,” said Sean Tiernan of Weed for Warriors Project.

Like tens of thousands before him, when Teirnan came back from combat, he was diagnosed with PTSD and found himself unable to cope.

“Basically, they want to medicate you and that’s causing a lot of issues,” said Tiernan.

Before discovering cannabis as a treatment for PTSD, he was prescribed a series of drug cocktails that he says did more harm than good. He says that’s when he knew he had to take action.

Wed
25
Nov

Ontario medical marijuana users get OK to vaporize anywhere

TORONTO — Medical marijuana users in Ontario are now legally able to use vaporizers just about anywhere in the province.

The Liberal government quietly exempted them this week from a law that bans the use of e-cigarettes anywhere regular cigarettes are prohibited. It means medical marijuana users can vaporize in restaurants, at work or on playgrounds.

Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla said under the exemption for medical marijuana users, employers or restaurant owners could still ban them from smoking on the premises.

"If it's bothering somebody, find another place to go and smoke," she said Wednesday.

Wed
25
Nov

Cannabis Confiscated at North Iceland Farm

Monday, the Northeast Iceland Police confiscated 58 cannabis plants during a house search on a farm in Svarfaðardalur, near Dalvík, RÚV reports. The suspected cultivators of the plants received an ISK 1 million (USD 7,500, EUR 7,000) award for innovation in organic farming last year.

In addition to the 58 cannabis plants, 100 grams of cannabis and equipment for cultivation were confiscated.

A second house search related to the case was carried out in Akureyri, revealing dozens of liters of a chlorine mixture, which had been offered for sale as medication on the internet. The director of health warned against the use of such a mixture in 2010.

Wed
25
Nov

US Cannabis Entrepreneurs Risk Jail Time in Thailand

AMSTERDAM, November 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

- Convicted Dutchman files appeal against 103 years imprisonment  

American cannabis entrepreneurs risk ending up in a Thai prison cell, Dutch lawyer Sidney Smeets of convicted DutchmanJohan van Laarhoven warns. A Thai court sentenced the former coffee shop owner to 103 years imprisonment last week. Hewill appeal the verdict. 

Wed
25
Nov

Watch: Trump Says 'Yes' To Medical Marijuana, 'No' To Deporting Justin Bieber

Donald Trump's position on cannabis appears to have flip-flopped wildly over the years. (No comb-over jokes - promise.) 

In a Nov. 23 video, GQ visited Trump Tower to ask Trump one question: what will make America great again? From there, he gave his take on some of America's most polarizing topics, including marijuana legalization.

"Legalized marijuana is always a very difficult question - for medicinal purposes and medical purposes, it's fine," says Trump in the video.

Wed
25
Nov

Australia: Desperate family calls for medicinal cannabis amnesty after police come knocking

Five weeks ago, Bill Shorten visited Cherie and Trevor Dell in their Sydney home to talk about how medicinal cannabis is helping their three-year-old daughter Abbey. 

The very next day, the police came knocking.

Abbey suffers from a rare genetic disorder known as CDKL5, which results in constant violent seizures.

They tried every legal medicine and treatment under the sun but found that nothing worked. Eventually, desperate to relieve Abbey's suffering, they turned to the underground suppliers that provide illegal medicinal cannabis oil to families in need across the country.

Before the cannabis treatments, Abbey suffered dozens of seizures every day, with some of them lasting 45 minutes.

Wed
25
Nov

Who’s minding the marijuana? Banned pesticide found in Colorado testing

COLORADO —  It’s been nearly two years since recreational pot was legalized in Colorado and the thriving pot industry has hit some hurdles in the form of potential dangers to consumers.

Pesticides that are illegal to use on marijuana plants in Colorado are being found in some recreational and medical pot products being marketed and sold to the public — leading to product recalls, plant quarantines and even a class-action lawsuit involving people who say they would not have inhaled the product had they known illegal pesticides were used on them.

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